Is important to take action with respect to the shady meat industry. learn more about how and why do that.
Thanks to the widespread activism and awareness, we are all aware of the horrific side of the meat industry. Very recently, when President Biden took office, around 30 environmental and family farm policy organizations reached out to bring light on an issue that has been sidelined for decades – corruption in the Big Ag.
The Big Ag is nothing but an umbrella term to describe all farms owned by major corporations worldwide. Thanks to the extent of land these corporations own, they control so many different aspects of the nation – right from the supply of seeds, plants, machinery, land, and even animal farming.
The conglomeration of all these industries has been tight since 1905, but now, in 2021, it has got all the more consolidated.
The exploitation by the corrupt meat industry has been beautifully penned by Upton Sinclair in his book The Jungle. It explained the horrific conditions in which immigrants work in the meat industry, and has given a detailed account of their exploitation as well.
Over these years, has the scenario changed? Has exploitation that has been part of the meat industry for decades now been reduced? No. Instead, these major corporations of the meat industry, also known as the Big 4 have now become a monopoly. And no, they haven’t learned their lessons from history.
The plight of slaughterhouse workers and the negative consequences of eating excess meat have made headlines, especially while the world was reeling under the Covid-19 pandemic. However, while human issues have always been prioritized over animal issues, the pandemic times have shown us that both are interlinked.
Cheap labor is hired from not-so-developed countries by the meat industry and put to work in unimaginable working conditions. Not to mention the inhuman conditions in which the animals are placed. While the government needs to regulate all these issues and take control of them, we need to pause and ask ourselves – is there any alternative to the current system? How will the increasing meat-consuming population find enough meat to eat without these farms and slaughterhouses? And how can countries continue to supply affordable meat to their population if all of this is regulated?
There are so many unanswered questions. While we cannot control things on a global level, we can, of course, start off on a personal level – by reducing our meat consumption.
The average meat consumption in the United States amounts to 274 pounds per person per annum. A whopping 274 pounds per person! If only we could start by cutting down meat, replacing our meat-based diets with more plant-based fruits and vegetables, we can make a difference.
Our actions will have a positive effect not only on the already shady meat industry, which is forced to churn out thousands of pounds of meat every single day but will also benefit our health. Lastly, we will also be doing our bit for the animals, who are the most exploited in the meat industry fiasco.
Little actions go a long way – when we cut down meat from our diet, we realize how agile, fresh, and light our bodies feel. This makes it easy to completely quit meat and ultimately transition to veganism.